Sea-Monkeys the Easiest Pets of all
What Sea-Monkeys are Marketed as Looking Like.
What Sea-Monkeys Actually Look Like.
I was given my first Sea-Monkeys kit as a child of about 6 years old, and I was instantly captivated by the exciting cartoon of smiling creatures waving on the front of the box.
The kit consisted of three packets full of dried ingredients.
Packet 1 contained the Water Purifier, which you added to the appropriate amount of water and mixed together before leaving for 24 hours to purify.
Packet 2 contained the 'Instant Life' powder, (or eggs I am guessing). This you mixed in with your purified water, stirred for a minute or so and then if you held up the container to the light you could see tiny white vibrating dots trying to swim against the current. They had hatched immediately upon contact with the water. By day two they have doubled in size, and after this continue to grow very quickly.
Packet 3 contained the special growth food, and after 5 days you can give your baby Sea-Monkeys their first meal using a tiny measuring spoon provided.
At first I was fairly disillusioned with my Sea-Monkeys, because in spite of waiting and waiting for them to begin to resemble the human-like, web footed, smiling characters on the front of the box, they simply grew to look more and more like my second picture at the top of this hub. It was some years later I found out that a Sea-Monkey is just a glorified Brine Shrimp, (similar in type to the ones you buy in Aquatic Shops so that you can feed them to your tropical fish as live food).
However, in spite of the fact they never did grow into the human-like sea creatures I expected, they did begin to fascinate me, especially when they got to the stage of having interesting little wavy fins, and then they began to mate by swimming around attached to each other in pairs. Sometime later they had babies of their own, and as a child I was incredibly proud of myself for helping them to achieve this.
What's more, you could have quite good fun with them, for instance, if you put them in the dark for a while, and then brought them out into the light, they would seem to be performing major acrobatics around their tank, (my guess now is that it was because they were blinded by the sudden light and couldn't see where they were going).
The marketing behind Sea-Monkeys was brilliant. You could purchase all different kinds of accessories for them such as the Micro View Ocean Zoo, (a small tank with magnifying glasses built into the sides), or the Aqua-Leash, (a mini turkey baster for sucking them up into if you needed to transfer them anywhere else), an air pump, (essentially the same as the leash only you used it to blow bubbles into the tank rather than suck Sea-Monkeys out). In fact there were even such strange accessories as a necklace which consisted of a miniature bowl with a lid so that you could wear a few Sea-Monkeys around your neck in their own tiny tank, or a pen that had a tiny tank built into it for the same kind of purpose.
Sea-Monkeys are still available today, only you can get even more exciting accessories for them, such as a 'Light Up Aquarium Cover' and various new design Aquariums.
For a child's first pet I think these little critters are great, as they don't require vets, they only live a couple of years, and if you get truly fed up of them you can feed them to your tropical fish! If you don't want to spend lots of money on gadgets and accessories for them, then a large jam jar works just as well as an aquarium, and they need little else other than occasional feeding. You can start the whole set-up for about £3 if you provide your own 'Aquarium/jar', but even the 'Micro View Tanks' start at only about £5. There are various combined kits I have featured that would make an interesting an exciting present for a child at Christmas or for their Birthday.
Make sure your child keeps them somewhere out of direct Sunlight, and where their tank won't accidentally get knocked over. As a young child one of my first couple of batches of Sea-Monkeys were knocked over by myself and I was mortified. It ended up being a complete pantomime of my entire family grovelling around on the carpet, picking the poor little stranded, fluff covered Sea-Monkeys up and replacing them in the dregs of their tank water. Needless to say they all died and I lived with the terrible guilt (that only a child knows), for months afterwards.
These also make a great novely gift for adults as my Sister bought me some more when I was in my twenties just for the nostalgic value. I have to confess second time around mine didn't last as long as first time around, but it was fun whilst they lasted.